Patients with heart arrhythmias or tachycardia are often prescribed a type of drug called a "beta-blocker". Should I be?

Arrhythmia. Individuals with rhythm disturbances that are fast, tachyarrhythmias, are sometimes given beta blockers as a first agent. These are blood pressure meds that act by lowering the heart rate and can prevent some arrthymias. These are used if someone has symptoms from the arrhythmia and overall are safe and well tolerated meds.

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I'm a 19 yr old on bisoprolol for a suspected heart arrhythmia but all they can find during tests is sinus tachy Is it essential to take a beta blocker?

Yes. if your heart rate constantly runs > 100, and you have palpitations, it would be best to continue the beta blocker. Read more...
Depends. Usually not required for physiologic ST, unless episodes are prolonged or occur often, because the rapid heartbeat does not allow enough time for the heart to fill before it contracts, so blood flow to the rest of the body is compromised. Underlying causes are treated if present (WPW - medications or ablation may be needed to control PSVT. Try: Cut down coffee, alcohol, quit smoking, get more rest. Read more...

What type of arrhythmia can cause pounding heart/tachycardia and rapid breathing numerous times a day? It's really bad after eating.

Any one of. the tachy-dysrhythmias that are are coordinated enough to be functional. The only way to determine is by ECG which I would recommend be done today. Read more...
Many types . there are many types of arrhythmias that can cause that feeling. The best thing for you to do is see a doctor and have a holter monitor placed. That will give you a better idea of what's goong on. Read more...
Need examination. Taking into consideration what you have said of your self under "conditions" with weight loss being part of that my guess is that something metabolically in your system is not right such as your thyroid gland or possibly your adrenal glands. I do not think this is an inherent arrhythmia of the heart or some type of tachycardic syndrome. You need to be worked up with blood, urine, & imaging studies. Read more...
Likely SVT. A variety of arrhythmias can do this but it is most like a supraventricular tachycardia caused by a release or hormones or surge after a large meal. If you have an otherwise normal heart (on echocardiogram), then it is not dangerous but can be treated with medications if need be. Read more...

Generally, are there any chemotherapy drugs out on the market that are proven safe for heart patients with existing arrhythmia?

Yes, many! There are very few chemotherapy drugs that can not be used due to a heart condition. So your oncologist can easily find and use an alternative chemo drug. But you need to tell us your diagnosis, both of the Cancer type and the name of your heart condition.Then we can guide you even better. Read more...

Safest schizophrenia medication for patients with heart disease and arrhythmia?

Not answerable. This is the type of question that cannot really be answered in this forum. It would obviously take a psychiatrist talking to your cardiologist about what the proper combination should be. There are many arrhythmias and many antipsychotic medications. The details would need to be known. Read more...
Aripiprazole. And other atypical antipsychotics can be considered amongst the safest for a case like this. Haloperidol (and other typical agents) is used sometimes, with caution. Ask your dr for a recommendation in this particular case. Good luck. Read more...

What is the best and safest migraine medicine for patients with arrhythmia/heart disease?

Migraine. You shoul discus so with your dr. There are a number of choices beta blockers would be the first to try. Read more...
? and Beta-blockers. Treatment for migraines can be divided into abortive and preventative categories. Abortive migraine treatment is given at the onset of symptoms. Preventative treatment is given on a regular basis to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. In patients with frequent migraines, beta blockers are the safest medications used to prevent migraines in patients with arrhythmia and/or heart disease. Read more...

What is the riskiest part about an EP study for arrhythmia? Does the risk increase for heart patients with other chronic conditions?

Provocative test & q. The EP test is a provocative test. The EP physicians try to induce & "capture" an arrhythmia to see where it starts. Depending on location & type, ablating ("zapping") the irritable part is possible & curative. But it is a provocative test, & so done in a controlled environment to stop any arrhythmia provoked. Do exactly what the EP doc says, when he says it & u shd be fine. Don't overthink it. Read more...